I'm onto my next month of class pass and I've officially hit that point where everything is constantly sore. But did that stop me? Nope, I actually ended up doing more classes this week than the three previous weeks.
Sunday: Core Fusion Barre at Exhale Spa with Ryan. Let me begin this recap with the disclaimer, this was the Sunday after St. Patrick's day. That being said, this was one of the most challenging barre classes that I've ever taken. Ryan started the class saying that he was going to concentrate less on the thigh portion of class in favor of adding additional core exercises...and more planks to an already plank-heavy class. The photo in today's post is inspired by this class because he had us doing a version of that exercise...ouch. Super painful but an amazing class, nonetheless.
Monday: I trekked out to the Corepower Yoga studio in Gold Coast after work for my first cp2 class. CP2 is described as "a rigorous yoga class with demanding strength postures that will have you moving, breathing and sweating". I'm not a yoga expert by any means, but I'm not a newbie either. I did a fair amount of Yoga while living in Louisville so a coworker of mine convinced me to try the cp2 class. While was incredibly nervous that I was going to be in over my head, I was pleasantly surprised. It was the most challenging yoga class that I have ever taken, but I kept up. Oh, and the sweating aspect is no joke. This is not a workout to brunch class.
Wednesday: I signed up for the RIGHT barre class this time on Wednesday morning. I took the classic Barre Code on Michigan Ave. It was exactly what I was looking for in a morning class: energetic instructor, good playlist, and intense thigh, seat and ab work without getting drenched before work. I'll be adding this class to my weekly routine, who wants to join me?
Thursday: I took my second yoga class of the week at Yoga Loft. I've heard amazing things about how beautiful this studio is and couldn't wait to see it for myself. It was just as beautiful in person as I'd heard. The studio is a loft, true to it's name, above businesses in River North. The studio is surrounded by brick walls and the windows have beautiful curtains which set the stage for a truly relaxing practice. While I enjoyed the Vinyassa class I took, it felt slow to me in comparison to the Corepower Yoga classes I have been taking, which isn't a bad thing, just different. The ab section, however was killer.
Saturday: It was back to Flywheel. While my performance was on par with last week, I felt pretty miserable during class. Maybe the four classes that I took this week caught up to me? Or, what is more likely is that I was super dehydrated. I left my water bottle at home on Friday, so I did not drink near as much water as I usually do. It's true what they say, drinking water is SO important.
As always, send me your class recommendations!